Childhood Obesity and the Consumption of 100 % Fruit Juice: Where Are the Evidence-Based Findings?

Part of the Nutrition and Health book series (NH)

Key Points

  • 100 % fruit juice is rich in nutrients, and it is a low fat, low saturated fatty acid, and low sodium beverage with no added sugars.

  • Children are not consuming excessive amounts of 100 % fruit juice, and mean intakes are within the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations.

  • The strength of the scientific evidence shows that 100 % fruit juice is not associated with weight in children.


100 % fruit juice Children Adolescents Obesity Overweight Nutrients Diet quality 



Support was received from the USDA Hatch Project LAB 93951. Partial support was also obtained from the USDA/Agricultural Research Service under Cooperative Agreement No. 58-6250-6-008. This work is a publication of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA/ARS) Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the USDA, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement from the US government.

Carol E. O’Neil is a member of Dietary and Metabolic Impact of Fruit Juice Consumption Project of the Evidence Analysis Library of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has been a paid consultant for Food Minds, LLC in a project for Welch’s grape juice. Theresa A. Nicklas has received funding from the Juice Products Association.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Nutrition and Food SciencesLouisiana State University Agricultural CenterBaton RougeUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsUSDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA

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